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Ore. - Starting July 1, property owners in Portland will be required
to remove invasive plants from their property, specifically ones
that are listed on the city's new 'Required Eradication List.'
6/9/10 - "Rain Garden" Workshop, Newport Public Library, 9:30-5PM, eight-hour long, hands on workshop on a rainy day was attended by five employees from the City of Lincoln City Public Works Department (including AnneMarie Mueller who helps coordinate the annual Erosion Control Workshop for Lincoln City), Devils Lake Water Improvement District Manager Paul Robertson (another Erosion Control Workshop planner), DLWID staff Seth Lenaerts, and PADL representative along with about 35 other interested citizens mainly from Lincoln County, including Master Gardeners, private citizens with development near wetlands, and a Newport City planner. Several attended from Oregon State University Extension 4-H - exploring placing rain gardens on school grounds. Trainers were Robert Emanuel and Derek Godwin, authors of the Oregon Rain Garden Manual, and Frank Burris - Oregon State University Extension Service and Oregon Sea Grant. Workshop topics included: overview of stormwater management, site assessment, rain garden sizing and design, construction and maintenance, plants appropriate for coastal rain gardens, alternative rain garden designs for challenging sites, and sustainable landscape construction materials. Stacy Polkowske, 541-265-2631 from the Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District helped coordinate the workshop. The cost was $40, but included lunch, Oregon Rain Garden Manual, huge four-color poster of the beautiful cover of the manual surrounded by pictures of native plants and information on the back, Plants for Oregon Rain Gardens list, Invasive Species Resources for Gardeners and Professionals, Sizing Table for Rain Gardens in Western Oregon, and Vegetated Swale Checklist. A Certificate of Training was awarded to all who completed the workshop.
"Rain Garden" Workshop sponsors included the State of Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ), Oregon Watershed Enhancement Board (OWEB), Lincoln Soil and Water Conservation District, Surfrider Foundation, Oregon State University Sea Grant, Oregon State University Extension Service. The Oregon State University Extension Service program areas include 4-H Youth Development, Forestry, Family and Community Development, Sea Grant, and Agriculture. http://extension.oregonstate.edu
divided up into groups to work on designing a rain garden for
the Newport Public Library. Each group then shared their ideas with
the other groups. The participants came from various backgrounds
- those with engineering skills, those with plant knowledge, those
with both engineering and plant skills and those with none. So it
made for an interesting exchange. One group with Lincoln City area
garden in the shape of a salmon.
Green Thumb Watershed Education Program -